Flashback – 5 years ago: Kelsey Davies was a late-goal hero for Llandudno at Rhyl

Kelsey Davies (left – pictured in a later game against Caernarfon) was Llandudno’s match-winner at Rhyl five years ago. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Rhyl and Prestatyn Ladies 0
MBi Llandudno Ladies 1 (Kelsey Davies 83)
Welsh Premier Women’s League – April 5, 2016

In much better times for North Wales women’s football, Kelsey Davies scored a late winner to secure Llandudno maximum points against their local rivals in this week five years ago.

Davies hauled herself away from her university studies to notch the deciding goal in this evening derby at Belle Vue.

Former Wales international Kelsey typified the spirit in the Llandudno camp by racing against the clock from Liverpool to arrive in Rhyl 10 minutes before kick-off.

Llandudno created the majority of chances in the opening half-hour, Rosie Hughes firing wide after great work from Stacey Tradewell in the 14th minute.

Tradewell then produced a remarkable turn and dummy which sold two defenders down the river before Sofie Owen lashed over the bar.

A run and shot from Tradewell saw home keeper Megan Roberts save comfortably, then Owen’s dipping effort just cleared the goal frame.

R and P had a great opportunity from a Laura Williams corner but Ashleigh Mills headed wide.

Samantha Jarvis-Evans set up Tudno top scorer Katie Louise Bowe, whose 15-yard attempt was unusually off target.

Kelsey Davies (left) and Samantha Jarvis-Evans were both award winners at the 2015-16 Llandudno Ladies presentation night

Bowe’s free kick was then well held by Roberts with Tradewell a fraction away from getting a decisive touch.

R and P’s Cassandra Thomas delivered a lovely free kick into the six-yard box on 43 minutes but no-one in a white shirt was prepared to gamble and the ball drifted wide.

Half-time: 0-0

The hosts began the second half well, a Phoebe Davies shot flying straight at visiting keeper Jess Hughes before Mills lashed over from 10 yards.

Some strong tackles were going in on both sides, the midfield battle between Tradewell and Davies a very interesting one.

Then in the 73rd minute Llandudno came so close when Bowe’s free kick was cleared off the line, and from the rebound Jarvis-Evans rattled the post.

Tudno now piled on the pressure, Bowe and Tradewell playing a lovely one-two before the latter lost control and tried an innovative back-heel which did not come off.

Stacey Tradewell (left – stripes) of Llandudno was player of the match at Rhyl on 5/4/2016. Picture: Dai Sinclair

Another Bowe free kick was grasped at the second attempt by Roberts, but the hosts gradually rode the storm and started to threaten themselves.

Tudno keeper Hughes was at full stretch to keep out a Laura Williams curler and Tonicha Dickens lashed the loose ball over the top.

A cross from R and P substitute Lucy Davies was cleared in desperation, but then came the crucial breakthrough.

Llandudno countered and Bowe hit a majestic left-foot pass into the path of Davies who lobbed outcoming keeper Roberts to make it 1-0.

R and P tried to rally but were now vulnerable on the break, player of the match Tradewell blasting a free kick just over before Hughes missed by inches from a Davies cross.

TEAMS

Rhyl and Prestatyn: Megan Roberts, Jess Lowrie, Cassandra Thomas, Rachael Nattrass, Tonicha Dickens, Joy Jamieson (Lucy Davies 79), Rebekah Hansen (Rebecca Bannister 51), Phoebe Davies, Laura Williams, Caroline Gardner, Ashleigh Mills. Other sub: Alaw Davies-Smith.

MBi Llandudno: Jess Hughes, Jemila Bukari, Claire Colville, Catrin Thomas, Rebecca Elliott (Jordanne Greenough 51), Stacey Tradewell, Samantha Jarvis-Evans, Katie Bowe, Kelsey Davies, Sofie Owen, Rosie Hughes.

Player of the Match
Stacey Tradewell (Llandudno)

LLANDUDNO v RHYL – RECENT HISTORY

2018/19

Mar 27, 2019 – WWPL

Rhyl 1 (Rachael Nattrass) Llandudno 2 (Jordanne Greenough 2)

Nov 25, 2018 – WWPL

Llandudno 4 (Anna Jones 2, Mari Gibbard, Stacey Tradewell) Rhyl 0.

Dec 2, 2018 – League Cup

Llandudno 2 (Mari Gibbard, Kelsey Davies) Rhyl 3 (Rebecca Bannister, Rachael Nattrass, Zoe Stopford).

The excellent Rachael Nattrass could always be relied upon to give a big performance in her Rhyl days (as well as everyone she has played for and will play for since)

2017/18

April 1, 2018 – WWPL

Llandudno 3 (Mari Gibbard 2, Katie Bowe) Rhyl 0

October 29, 2017 – WWPL

Rhyl 2 (Amy Webster, Caroline Gardner) Llandudno 5 (Louisha Doran 2, Kelsey Davies, Sofie Owen, Katie Bowe)

Amy Webster scored some stunners in Rhyl v Llandudno matches

2016/17

October 30, 2016 – WWPL

Llandudno 3 (Stacey Tradewell, Katie Bowe 2) Rhyl 2 (Rebecca Bannister, Laura Williams)

March 19, 2017 – WWPL

Rhyl 1 (Amy Webster) Llandudno 1 (Rosie Hughes)

Ruthless Rosie Hughes has scored more goals in Llandudno v Rhyl derbies than anyone else

2015/16

October 18, 2015 – Welsh Cup

MBi Llandudno 4 (Katie Bowe, Catrin Thomas, Rosie Hughes 2) Rhyl and Prestatyn 0.

April 5, 2016 – WWPL

Rhyl and Prestatyn 0 MBi Llandudno 1 (Kelsey Davies)

April 26, 2016 – WWPL

MBi Llandudno 8 (Rosie Hughes 4, Katie Bowe 2, Samantha Jarvis-Evans 2) Rhyl and Prestatyn 2 (Rebecca Bannister, Amy Webster)

2014/15

Rebekah Hansen scored in Rhyl’s only WPWL win over Llandudno

November 9, 2014 – WWPL

Llandudno 2 (Stacey Tradewell, Sofie Owen) Rhyl and Prestatyn 3 (Rebekah Hansen, Laura Williams, Claire Colville own goal)

March 8, 2015 – WWPL

Rhyl and Prestatyn 0 Llandudno 2 (Stephanie Walsh, Rosie Hughes)

SUMMARY

Played (total): 12

Llandudno wins: 9

Rhyl wins: 2

Draws: 1

Welsh Premier

Played: 10

Llandudno wins: 8

Rhyl wins: 1

Draws: 1

Cups

Played: 2

Llandudno wins: 1

Rhyl wins: 1

Most goals in Rhyl v Llandudno derbies

8 – Rosie Hughes (Llandudno)

7 – Katie Bowe (Llandudno)

4 – Mari Gibbard (Llandudno)

3 – Rebecca Bannister (Rhyl), Amy Webster (Rhyl), Stacey Tradewell (Llandudno), Kelsey Davies (Llandudno).

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